Archive for February, 2015

Clonliffe hosting GloHealth Leinster Schools XC in Santry tomorrow

The GloHealth Leinster School`s Cross Country Championships are hosted by Clonliffe in Santry Demesne tomorrow Feb. 11th. The first race is at 12.00 noon with the final race at 2.20pm.

Course builders to report to the Stadium for 7.45am. (all help greatly appreciated)

Anyone available for marshalling duties please report to the clubhouse for briefing at 11.00am.

Clonliffe on the day duties: Course building (all who can)

Head of course: Alan O`Neill

Clonliffe chief contact: Noel Guiden

Catering for marshalls/course builders: Caroline Tuite

Car Park/buses: Frank Behan, Jim Hyland

Start area: Gerry Carr, Peter McDermott, Noel Daly, Tommy Griffin

Start straight: Joe Cooper

Finish area: Paddy Marley, Sean Callan, Johnny O`Leary, Pat O`Keeffee

Finishing chutes: Gladys Cooper, Noreen Keane and other Clonliffe ladies

On Course/ Cross Overs: Paddy Tuite, Jim Bennett, Maurice Ahern, Pat Bonass, Leo Hession and other Clonliffe

1000/1500 lap controller: Martin Treacy, Gerry Cullen

Lap counter: Tom Griffin/ Harry Gorman (bell)

Course: the Brother Schools XC Course: 1,000 loop plus 500m at Walled Garden


Event                     Call Up             Start Time             Distance            Course/Laps



Minor Girls            11.50am            12 noon                  1,500m              1 large lap



Minor Boys            12.05pm            12.15pm                 2,000m              2 small laps



Junior Girls            12.25pm            12.35pm                 2,000m              2 small laps



Junior Boys            12.45pm            12.55pm                 3,000m              2 large laps



Inter Girls                 1.05pm            1.15pm                   3,500m              2 small + 1 large lap



Inter Boys                1.25pm            1.35pm                   4,500m              3 large laps



Senior Girls              1.50pm            2.00pm                   2,500m              1 small + 1 large lap



Senior Boys              2.10pm            2.20pm                   6,000m              4 large laps


Course Map:

leinster schools course




Heney jumps to second club record of weekend at Varsities

Results are finally to hand from Friday’s Varsities Indoor Track and Field Championships held at Athlone IT. Clonliffe’s Andrew Heney claimed the second Clonliffe indoor record of the weekend as he jumped to 2.05 to secure second place in the competition (on Saturday of course Declan Murray set a new club indoor 800 record).

Also competing in the Varsities championships was Keith Pike who ran 6.99 to win his 60m heat and then in the final recorded a time of 6.95 in finishing 5th. Chris Sibanda had a particularly busy weekend, in the 60m he recorded a time of 7.08 in the heat and then placed 6th in a time of 7.04 in the final. He also competed in the long jump where he placed 4th with a best of 6.74m and then was a member of the University of Limerick’s victorious 4 x 200 relay team. Also enjoying a busy afternoon were Clonliffe trio of Antonio Garcia who was 5th in the 60 hurdles and was 2nd on the DCU 4 x 200 relay team along with clubmates Dara Kervick and Timmy Crowe. The latter pair of course had competed in the 400, Dara running 48.77 in his heat and then in placing 2nd ran 47.28, Timmy running 49.78 in his heat and then finishing 3rd in the final 48.28. Also competing was Laoise Moggan in the 800 recording a time of 2.42.06.


Pat Bonass takes Clonliffe sole masters individual cross medal

A select crew of Clonliffe Masters were in the West for today`s National Masters held with the Intermediates in Tuam today. The team, however, was struck by a host of withdrawals through injury and illness. The sole medal taken back to Santry came courtesy of that old stager Pat Bonass who invariable delivers on the National stage whether on the country or track. Today was no exception as Pat took a hard earned O/70 bronze.

The men`s O/50 team of Philip O`Doherty 91st overall, 12th in age group, Pat Byrne 147th, Tom Monks 152nd, Liam Hennessy 166th and Anthony O`Brien 188th finished just out of the medals in 4th place. Philip O`Doherty picked up inter county team gold as part of the winning Dublin team.

Finally on the roads Sergiu Ciobanu finished 2nd in the Enniscorthy 10k in 30.50.

Clonliffe women cross the country for Intermediates and Meet & Train

A great bunch of Clonliffe women competed in cross country on both sides of the country. The Intermediate women finished in a credible 5th place (115 points) with Liffey Valley 1st on countback from Crusaders (both 90 points) and GCH 3rd in Tuam, County Galway.

The finishers were 25th Marie Joyce, 26th Louise Caraher, 28th Rachel Wisdom, 36th Maura Matthews, 39th Sinead Hartnett, 43rd Joyce O`Hare, 48th Aisling Andrews, 52nd Kerri Page.

Meanwhile much closer to home today`s round of the Meet & Train cross country league was held in Swords with some fine runs from the black and amber girls: 6th Jen Carpenter, 7th Laura Keegan,  17th,making a welcome return to racing, Kate Purcell, 24th Catherine Dempsey, 25th Emer Brennan, 37th Clare Roche, 41st Yvonne McDonagh, 47th Sue Kelly, 52nd Mandy McMenamy, 53rd Joanne McCabe, 54th Frances Logue, 65th Linda Colgan.

Declan Murray gets European QT and new club record

Clonliffe`s Declan Murray won last night`s  800m at the Boston University Scarlet and White Invitational. In his first outing of the season over the distance the New Jersey based Murray had a superb gun to flag win in an excellent 1.48.35, comfortably inside the European Indoors standard and a time which is also a new Clonliffe Harriers indoor club record, meaning that he now holds both indoor and outdoor records. Speeking post race he commented:  “I went through 600 in 1:20 and brought it home,” he said. “It feels good to get the standard out of the way at my first attempt. I’m running a 1,000m at Millrose Games next week, and I hope to break the Irish record, then it’s off to Ireland for the Nationals the week after that.”

Also competing Stateside last night was Aaron Hanlon for Providence College in the Medley Distance Relay as Providence won the race by a winning margin of some 10 seconds.

Round up: Versities Indoors and BHAA cross country

Although results are not yet available from yesterday`s Irish Versities Indoor Championships held in Athlone, there was a cracker of a 400m race where both Dara Kervick and Timmy Crowe again battled away, although this time there was the matter of ace 400 hurdler Tom Barr to contend with. After a terrific race Barr was 1st with the Clonliffe duo 2nd and 3rd, Dara  47.28 and Timmy 48.28. Other results when to hand.

Today`s BHAA cross country was a local race the North County Farmers 5 Mile held in Balheary Park, Swords with 3 Clonliffe men in the top 10: 4th Sean Doran (27.36), 5th Davy Byrne (27.55) and 9th Ernie Ramsey (28.31).

Men lose out on Indoor league title on count back, women 3rd

The Clonliffe men`s team where within a whisker of winning the Glohealth National Indoor league today but lost out on count back. It was a dramatic finish in Athlone IT going right to the wire, the final event: the 4 x 200 relay,with Clonliffe and defending champions Leevale both on 62 points and Tallaght AC 2 behind. At the finish Tallaght took the  relay win to tie on points with Clonliffe and on count back Tallaght also took what may well be their first National team title. There were wins on the day for both Dave Donegan in the pole vault and Andre Heney in the high jump.

Results: 60m 4th Isreal Ibeanu 7.40, 60H 3rd Antino Garcia 8.67, 200m 2nd Chris Sibana 22.62, 400 2nd Kris Valters 50.39, 800m 7th Joseph Hession  2.08.04, 1500m 3rd Andriu Jenkinson 4.00.24, Long Jump 5th Antion Andjuar, triple jump 3rd Andrea Mahin 13.30, Pole Vault 1st Dave Donegan 4.65, Shot 3rd Michael Curley 11.41, High Jump 1st Andrew Heney 1.85, Relay 4 x 200m 2nd.

The women`s team put in very solid performances and finished in 3rd place. This team have improved week after week: round 1 the team lay 5th, after round 2 up to 4th and in the final 3rd. There was a fine win recorded in the triple jump by Aursa Jerumbauskyle of 11.01m. Great performances by Snezana Bechtina who was 2nd in the 200, 3rd in the PV and 4th in the long jump.

Women`s team results: 60m 6th Emma Kelly 8.37, 60H 6th Diana Markins, 200m 2nd Snezana Bechtina 25.53, 400m 2nd Emma Kelly 60.98, 800m 4th Alannah Cooley 2.25.3, 1500m 7th Emer O`Brien 4.50.93, Long Jump 4th Snezana Bechtina 4.52, Pole Vault 3rd Snezana Bechtina 2.10, Shot 5th Maria Magina, Triple Jump 1st Aursa 11.01, High Jump 7th Diana Markins 1.32, 4 x 200 relay 4th.

Clonliffe ready for indoor league final

The Clonliffe Men’s team head to Athlone IT tomorrow for the final of the GloHealth National Indoor League with a healthy lead of 20 points over Tallaght AC in second place. The men’s team competing in Athlone is:

60m Israel Ibanu, 60h Antonio Garcia, 200m Chris Sibanda, 400m Kris Valters, 800m Joseph Hession, 1500m Andriu Jenkinson, Pole Vault David Donegan, Long Jump Antonio Andjuar, High Jump Andrew Healy, Shot Michael Curley, Triple Jump Andrea Minhan, 4 x 200 relay (from) Israel Ibanu, Dara Kervik, Chris Sibanda, Kris Valters, Joseph Hession, Andrew Jenkinson, Timmy Crowe, Andrea Minhan.

The women’s team are also in action in Athlone currently lying in 4th position. The Women’s team is:

Emma Kelly 60m and 400m, Alannah Cooley 800m, Eimear O’Brien 1500m, Senzana Bechtina 200m, Pole Vault and High Jump, Aursa Jerumbauskyte Triple Jump, Diana Markina 60h, Marila Shot Putt and Long Jump. 2 x 200 relay: Leah Bergin, Emma Kelly Senzana Bechtina and Diana Markina.


Will Leer says Morton Games, Dublin is his favourite meet

In an interview published today on three time Morton Mile winner Will Leer (USA) declares our Morton Games to be without a doubt his favourite outdoor meet. Full interview here: 1: Did you make any changes in your training routine/diet from 2013 to 2014?

  • “I view my improvement as an athlete from 2013 to 2014 as further progression and growth as an athlete under my coach Ron Warhurst. And with this progression came more intense workouts, more mileage and more directed work in the weight room.”

2: You set 2 personal bests in 2014 on the outdoor circuit, and 3 records indoors. Do you think you have reached your peak? Or do you think you have many personal best’s left in you?

  • “If I didn’t think there was more in the proverbial tank, I would not be out here any more training my butt off! So, of course I believe I have more personal bests in me. My training partner, Nick Willis, has proven that it is possible to continuously improve in to your 30’s.”

3: What is your favorite workout for improving speed? Have you found a new workout that you think has lead to your recent successes?

  • “Hills. Ronnie has us running hill repeats nearly every single week of our training year. It helps to build strength, improve running efficiency and therefore improve speed. I don’t do a lot of speed specific workouts but hills certainly help me to keep a quick turnover throughout the year.”

4: What is your favorite race? Do you prefer racing indoors or outdoors?

  • “I thoroughly enjoy racing both indoors and outdoors. However, indoor track and field holds a special place in my heart as it is where I won my first national titles in both college and as a professional. Outdoors, one of my favorite meets is without a doubt the Morton Games in Dublin, Ireland. The mile is the focal point of the meet and the fans love to watch us run. Indoors my favorite meet has been the Millrose Games, and not just because I won last year. The energy inside the Armory is one you cannot find any other place in the world.”

5: Do you train indoors, outdoors, or a combination of the two?

  • “When I am at home in Los Angeles I exclusively train outdoors. I have spent the past two January’s living and training in Flagstaff, Arizona, and have at times been forced by inclement weather to train indoors. Luckily Northern Arizona University has a fantastic 300m indoor track which makes training there, as Ronnie would say, very nice!”

6: Having been awarded the Sports Beard of the Year Award, would you give any credit, for your wins on the track, to your beard?

  • “I’ve said this many times before, and I would be remiss not to say it here, there is a shocking correlation between my best races of last year and the presence of my beard. When I shaved in early August (I was a groomsman in a few weddings and didn’t want to ruin the wedding photos!) I never really found my stride again after that. Never again shall I make such a mistake.”

7: Finally, facial hair and long locks have always been a part of your look, is there a reason behind this?

  • “My penchant for long locks and facial hair is merely a personal choice. It is a distinguishing trait that is easy for fans not only to identify me but also identify with me. More than anything it is fun!”

I want to thank Chris, from Total Sports US, for making this interview happen, and Will for answering all my questions! Good luck in 2015! (taken from

Grand Prix Series 2015 details announced

The 2015 Grand Prix Series will commence with the Frank White 5 Mile on the track in Morton Stadium on April 2nd and will run over a total of 16 rounds, including the Clonliffe 2 on May 14th, and all the traditional Clonliffe club race: the Walker Cup, Irwin Cup, Horan Cup etc. The full schedule can be found on the Grand Prix Series page found under “Promotions” on the menu bar.

Entry is now open and is limited to a 100. Entry form can be downloaded here: GP Application form 2015

The strong advice is to enter early to avoid disappointment, as the series was over subscribed in 2014.


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